Warner, Smith banned for 1 year, out of IPL, India series

Thursday, 29 Mar, 2018

"The BCCI hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and Match Officials".

The BCCI today barred Steve Smith and David Warner from taking part in this year's IPL after Cricket Australia banned the disgraced duo for their role in ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Cameron Bancroft, the batsman who was caught on camera attempting to use tape and dirt to change the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa, has been banned for nine months.

"I'm not going to resign as was said".

My punishment would have been to miss the fourth Tests match, a huge fine, and be sacked as captain and vice-captain.

But the jump to hysteria is something that has elevated the offence beyond what they actually did, and maybe we're at a point where the punishment just might not fit the crime. "Training was cancelled because we're just trying to get through all the issues at the moment to be perfectly honest", he said.

"There were considerations and views around the table that were all over the place".

He has been stripped of the Australian captaincy, which is being taken over by Tim Paine on a full-time basis.

Twelve-year-old Benji Harris said he would like to ask Smith: "Why did you do it?" Smith, Warner and Bancroft can all appeal against their sanctions.

"I've spoken to all of the three players before they left".

Cricket Australia found that Smith did nothing to stop the ball-tampering from happening despite having knowledge of the plot, while he was also found to have made misleading public comments about the matter.

In an extensive statement, Cricket Australia announced the sanctions imposed on the three players, who were ordered to leave for home yesterday midway through the ongoing Test series against South Africa.

Regardless, he saw it as a reflection of a poor team culture and an immature captain.

"I know Steve and David well, I don't know Cameron but I feel sorry for all of them". Keeping that in mind, we are also deciding that this season of the IPL these two players can't play.

"LG Australia will always look to work with ambassadors that share our core brand values and we take these relationships incredibly seriously to ensure we put our customers, employees and stakeholders first". In response to the question of whether he was the right man to mentor the team, he replied: "I need to change".

Smith, as he prepared to leave the team hotel, said that he wasn't allowed to play for Australia, or any state cricket in Australia, for a year.

"If we take a leaf out of someone, like say New Zealand's book", Lehmann said.

Waugh, who always believed in the sanctity of the Baggy Green added: "The Australian Cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition, by playing combative, skillful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green".